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Monday, March 7, 2011

The Iron Lady - Maggie Thatcher

After the success of The Kings Speech at the Oscars, there's another movie in the pipeline about Britain - this time about the Iron Lady, Maggie Thatcher - the grocer's daughter. They had to bring in mounds of fake rubbish to recreate scenes of the 1979 garbage men's strike. The biography of Margaret Thatcher is due to be released at the end of the year, with Meryl Streep playing Baroness Thatcher as a confused octogenarian looking back on her time in power.

The Labor government tried to control inflation by keeping pay rises below 5 per cent but it didn't work. Gravediggers went on strike, NHS workers blockaded hospital entrances and finally the bin men's strike paved the way for Margaret Thatcher's Conservative party to win the 1979 election.

Miss Streep visited the House Of Commons to watch Prime Minister’s Question Time and was briefed by a variety of people with political insight. She said of her role: ‘The prospect of exploring the swathe cut through history by this remarkable woman is a daunting and exciting challenge.'

Can't wait to see it.